alphabet of desire is an extended love poem in the form of an abecedary; illustrations are abstract expressions of the text. The text not only chronicles the celebration of a relationship but expresses a wish to not forget and to remain attentive to love. It is available either bound or as an unbound, boxed portfolio. Text and prints by Heidi Zednik; designed and produced by Alicia Bailey. Funded in part by a Regional Arts Project Grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Madison County Arts Council, the Toe River Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council. Each text block bound drum-leaf style. Spine is goat skin and Moriki handembossed with letters of the alphabet. Covers are mono-screenprint with embossed alphabet on Rives BFK. Cover board edges wrapped with Moriki, endpapers handmade by Katie MacGregor, page edges treated with blue pigmented wax. Label is foil printed goatskin.
Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists’ books, sculptural books and limited edition books. Her work embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. It has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections. An archive of her work in the book arts is under development at Penrose Special Collections, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. Alicia is also owner/director at Abecedarian Gallery in Denver. The gallery, located in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, has an ongoing commitment to and focus on book arts and works on paper.